The other day whilst on the train travelling to see a client, I bumped into an old friend of mine, after the obligatory “how are you and how are the family” he mentioned that he had started a new job and he now enjoys “Martini working”. I asked what he meant by this because, well, if there’s a job out there that includes drinking Martini… I’m in! He went on to explain that it’s a term used for agile working and that it comes from the original Martini advertising slogan “anytime, anyplace, anywhere”.
In essence, this is a very good way to describe Agile working. In today’s workforce, with modern technology, the need to be sat behind your desk, tied to one location surrounded by filing cabinets is almost obsolete. Who can remember the last time they opened a filing cabinet?
Agile working uses technology to create a way of working where all employees can work at different times, from various locations, provided the operational needs of the business are met. The benefits of Agile working are huge; retaining and attracting talent, greater employee productivity, decreased office costs and a more motivated workforce.
The use of Agile working can be implemented to make better use of people and space, which can greatly improve sustainability while reducing cost and a company’s carbon footprint. If you allow for an element of homeworking as part of a move to Agile working, this also supports a reduction in commuter travelling. What’s more, designing an agile-ready work culture offers the opportunity to “go green”, something that really is worth supporting. The environmental sustainability of your company or organisation is something that can set you apart from your competitors when winning business!
Agile working isn’t possible in all jobs and companies, but most jobs will have some elements for agility. Care home staff or shopworkers cannot be flexible in their location but flexibility can be achieved in the other areas, such as time, roles and source.
Advancements in technology and the ability to communicate and connect with each other inexpensively across multiple locations, has increased the adoption of Agile working. Certain technologies are imperative but the lack of understanding as to what is needed to create an Agile working environment can heavily impact the success of an agile workforce.
Technology to be considered:
- Smart phones with the capability to access internet based information.
- Laptops and Tablets.
- Mobile access to the internet through WiFi or Mobile networks.
- Virtual Private Networks (VPN); a connection to the company network, so that employees can access software and information securely and safely.
- Telephone and conferencing so employees can participate in a joint conversation across multiple locations.
- Instant-messaging for quick communication across the organisation.
- Applications and Bespoke software for specific business applications (i.e. mobile applications for management information and systems, designed for use with a smart phone or tablet).
- Cloud based data storage and shared drives.
Whilst this technology can provide useful solutions for employers, it is important to make sure that you are using the correct technology for you, at the right price. Implementing the right technology can greatly improve the success of your employees which in hand improves the success of your organisation.
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